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Do you know people who have been waiting for God’s promises for many years? Are you one of them? Have you known people who died waiting on God to fulfill His promises? Have you ever wondered why some promises of God never become a reality for some people? I do not have all the answers to those questions, but I do know why some people never get what God promised them. They complain too much!

Not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.

Numbers 14:23

We complain when we express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something. The people that came out of Egypt with Moses were master complainers. We have yet to determine how many Israelites left Egypt, but at least 2 million people came out, and only two entered the Promised Land. The most incredible thing is that none died due to hunger, illness, or war. They died because their complaints drove God to His limits.

God provided them with all they needed. He protected them. God guided them and even dwelt among them. He was faithful to them, but they still complained. Has God been faithful to you? How much do you complain during the day? I am ashamed to tell you most days, I complain all day long. Even though God is dealing with me, I still have not stopped complaining.

I complain about having to get up early, the weather, traffic, my weight, my bills, rude people, etc. The other day, after I finished thanking God for His blessings, I complained about the light rain that made my car dirty. Remember that I live in California, where we pray yearly for rain. My friends, I am in so much trouble. I do not know how I will face the Israelites who died in the desert when I get to heaven.

This week, let us examine our hearts and ask the Holy Spirit to show us how much we complain. Let us repent for our sins, thank God for His patience and mercy, and pray for His grace and guidance to help us keep our mouths and hearts in check. If we are waiting on God to fulfill His promises, let us learn to wait on Him with grateful hearts and stop complaining.

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